A Liam Tunstall hat-trick helped Sleaford Sports Amateurs to a convincing win at Lincolnshire League strugglers Market Rasen Town on Saturday.
Thomas Moor opened Sleaford’s account in the 18th minute, but only Tunstall’s first on the stroke of half-time prevented the teams going in level at the break.
Jac Wright gave Amateurs the breathing space of a two-goal lead five minutes into the second half before Tunstall added his second just shy of the hour mark.
He then completed his hat-trick with two minutes remaining to cap a handsome away win against the second-bottom side.
The victory lifted them above Louth Town into ninth place and within a point of eighth-placed Brigg Town Reserves with four games in hand.
They head north on Saturday for a testing trip to Grimsby Borough Reserves (kick-off 3pm).
Amateurs will be looking to complete the double over Grimsby after goals from Tunstall and Wright helped see off the top seven side 2-0 at Eslaforde Park in January.
Sleaford Town Reserves now trail Amateurs by 11 points after they had a blank weekend.
They return tonight (Wednesday) against Nettleham under the Eslaforde Park floodlights. Kick-off is 7.45pm.
Jamie Shaw’s side play all of their final three matches at home, but it has been an unhappy hunting ground of late, having lost their last six home matches and failed to win there since the end of October.